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Hantel, Max

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Max Hantel is a doctoral candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers-New Brunswick. His dissertation, “Caribbean Ontologies: Naming the Revolution of the New Human in the Work of Frantz Fanon, Édouard Glissant, and Sylvia Wynter,” argues for a distinct materialist tradition in Caribbean philosophy. The geo-poetic approaches of these different thinkers articulate how (non-anthropocentric) bodies, landscapes and violence interpenetrate, bringing a much needed focus on histories of colonialism and an ethics of alterity to the current “materialist turn.” Reading this tradition through and against its most commonly posited interlocutor, twentieth-century French philosophy (namely Deleuze and Guattari, Bergson and Foucault), moreover, brings into relief the revolutionary stakes of ontological investigation and the political economy of scholarly influence.
His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, Callaloo, Small Axe, and the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy.

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